I was delighted to be asked to write a foreword to this book. It covers the period 1949 - 1957, the first eight years of the 42 year life of the school
It is a sobering thought that the school no longer exists whilst all the other schools still stand and play a part educationally or otherwise in the life of our town, i.e. the original South End School (now the Gospel Church), Alfred Street Junior, Newton Road Primary, North End School (now Hayway Infants and Nursery School), Tennyson Road Infants and finally Moor Road School (now a Youth Centre).
This booklet is a most valuable record of those early years and one which I personally will treasure. Tennyson Road Boys, Rushden Secondary Modern Boys School, Rushden Comprehensive School For Boys, Rushden Boys School or even Bert's Academey, call it what you will, was a place where I spent the whole of my working life. A working life that gave great pleasure and satisfaction and I am proud to have played a part in the education of some hundreds, indeed thousands of Rushden lads.
Finally, congratulations and sincere thanks to Clive and Geoff for their enthusiasm and loyalty to their school in the production of this booklet.
H. W. Catlin D.F.C. (Bert!)
Assistant teacher 1949 - 1951, Deputy Head 1951 - 1957, Headmaster 1957- 1980.